Since developing my understanding of formative assessment and retrieval practice, I have always attempted to ensure that my lessons begin with a clear recap of prior learning (retrieval), coupled with questions about forthcoming learning which allow me to identify gaps in knowledge to support my delivery. It makes sense to kill two birds with one stone, but alas, I may have been doing this wrong for some time.
Before I continue, it is at this juncture that I feel the need to distinguish between two distinctly separate processes that I will be talking about in this post:
‘Encoding is the process of moving information into your long term memory (LTM) via your working memory (WM) i.e. learning new things
Retrieval is the process of pulling information out of your long term memory and into your working memory. This strengthens the memory in the long term.’
(Definitions courtesy of Adam Boxer)
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